As we age, we do not remain immune to dental issues. One such issue is tooth loss where the teeth themselves or the surrounding fibers, bone and tiny ligament become loose owing to the impact of various conditions, some of which are discussed below.
Infection and Periodontal Disease
Also known as gum disease, periodontal disease affects the teeth and its surrounding supporting structure, causing it to become loose. This happens because of the inflammation caused by bacteria and plaque that eventually damages the fiber and bone that hold the teeth upright. In some instances, the gums develop pockets around the teeth which encourage the buildup of bacteria and toxins, again leading to loss of connective tissue and bone that secure the teeth.
If teeth are consistently exposed to traumatic forces, they can become loose eventually. Examples include clenching or grinding, an impactful fall or some forms of orthodontic treatment that exert a lot of pressure on the teeth.
Fractures and Injuries
Traumatic injuries can dislocate a tooth with its socket, which in turn can cause the bone to fracture and the surrounding tissues to get damaged. In case the root is fractured, the exposed part of the tooth may become loose.
During pregnancy, high amounts of estrogen and progesterone produced can cause the ligaments and bones surrounding your teeth to become loose, making them mobile. Fortunately, this condition is not so severe on its own unless coupled with other complications, like gum disease.
The bottom line here is to prevent your teeth from becoming loose and coming out is through practicing a proper oral hygiene routine, avoiding traumatic forces, and injuries. Besides brushing and flossing, visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings, and wear a mouth guard if you tend to fall a lot. This way, you can keep your teeth from coming loose.